A group of local LEGO League Robotics students from across the Illawarra who have been internationally recognised for displaying the value of helping others have themselves been rewarded as winners of the July round of the #GreaterIllawarra program.
For winning this month’s community vote, Project Bucephalus (LEGO League Robotics) receives $2,000 that has offset the costs incurred in participating in the FIRST LEGO League international science and robotics event being held in California in May.
The group of 10 home-schooled students aged 9 to 16 years from across the Illawarra received the First Place Gracious Professionalism Trophy at the event for assisting other teams in the heat of competition, working in the community, and passing on their skills to others.
In the competition’s robot games, the team finished in 10th place out of a field of 80 teams that represented 20 different countries.
Project Bucephalus coach, Lyndell Clark, said the entire program, which started in August last year in Wollongong and culminated in the international competition was a wonderful experience for all involved, in particular, the students who worked incredibly hard to achieve their results in California.
“The students learned so much throughout the process and the experience of not only taking part in the competition but also travelling to another country and working with other students from around the world was invaluable in broadening their horizons,” Lyndell said.
“We could not have been happier with their performance against some amazing young students, but the manner in which they represented the Illawarra and Australia, and also worked collaboratively with other teams was something very special.
“It cost around $30,000 to take the team to California so this funding provided by Greater Bank was a great way of offsetting these expenses.”
Both runners-up for the July round, Figtree High School's Physical Disabilities Unit and St Michaels Primary School Nowra will each receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said the program continues to provide invaluable support to the community groups who need it most.
“Supporting the communities that support us has always been a fundamental part of our business and this is a great example of how a small but generous funding contribution from the #GreaterIllawarra program can go a long way towards providing a local community group with much-needed assistance” | Greg Creagan, Regional Manager.
“It was wonderful that our winner this month, Project Bucephalus, also values the importance of supporting others, making them very worthy winners of the #GreaterIllawarra program for the month.” said Mr Creagan.
The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in August, with voting now open until Wednesday, 28 August. Emerald Hill Progress Association, Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club and Gunnedah Netball Association are in the running to share in $3,000 in funding available this month.
To submit your vote either go online to greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or visit any Greater Bank branch. Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting greater.com.au/greaterillawarra and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.